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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
"Moartea domnului Lazarescu" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  22 September 2005 (Romania)
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ion Fiscuteanu ...
Mr. Lazarescu (as Ioan Fiscuteanu)
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Mioara Avram
Doru Ana ...
Sandu Sterian
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Ambulantier (as Doru Boguta)
Dana Dogaru ...
Mihaela Sterian
Robert Bumbes ...
Robert
Bogdan Dumitrache ...
Medic, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
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Misu
Dan Chiriac ...
Medic triaj Spitalui Universitar
Laura Cret ...
Medic ecograf, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mihai Bratila ...
Dr. Breslasu
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Mariana
Alexandru Fifea ...
Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mimi Branescu ...
Dr. Mirica
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Dr. Laura Serban
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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22 September 2005 (Romania)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,880 (USA) (28 April 2006)

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$79,943 (USA) (22 September 2006)
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The movie is the first in a series of 6 feature-length films that Cristi Puiu will direct, entitled "Stories From the Suburbs of Bucharest". See more »

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Brrrrrr!
8 October 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

The medical system, if you want to call it that, because there's nothing really systematic about it, is savagely explored in the curiously interesting " Death Of Mister Lazarescu", a movie that I'm liking more and more now that I think back on what I saw. Essentially following a hellish night of a lout who gets head and chest pains and then dares to call the ambulance and better yet, dares to go to a hospital. I kind of wonder about this exposure of the medical system, even though it does take place in Romania, whether the same thing could happen here, eg, the type of medical care largely depends on your social class and whether you have enough money or not. Having said that. The lead actor, one Ion Fiscuteanu, is simply phenomenal in the title role as a belligerent old drunk who rather grudgingly goes to the hospital, and as he gets shuffled from hospital to hospital (largely because of a bus accident that swamped many of the E.Rs in the city, becomes less and less communicative… What a show, and what heartless people the hospital people are! Not just to the patient, who can't stop commenting about his drinking, but also to the EMT's, who dare to offer medical opinions but then are shot down because "they are'nt doctors". OUCH! What a show! If you ever get a chance, try to go see this one.


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